Farmers urge UP Govt. to waive off at least three-fourth loan amount

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 4 (ANI): With all hopes resting on Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government's decision to waive off the farmers' loans, the farming community on Tuesday expressed the dire need to do the same. The farmers in Varanasi requested the government to waive off at least some portion of their loan amount in order to enable them to pay the rest without being overburdened. "We can only expect them to waive off our loans and not force them. We expect them to at least let forego three-fourth of the loan if nothing. The rest we will manage, but we won't be able to pay the entire amount," a distraught farmer told ANI. Another farmer also appealed for the same urging the government to let forego at least half of their loans. "We have made this government won. As poor, our loans should be waived off. At least, half of our loans should be waived off," he said. The first Cabinet meeting of Adityanath-led government will be held in Lucknow later in the day. The Cabinet, chaired by the Chief Minister is likely to take up several key issues including a loan waiver for farmers. During the recent assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to waive off agricultural loans of farmers in the first Cabinet meeting after coming to power. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared at an election rally that he would ensure the BJP government in its first Cabinet meeting takes decision to waive off the farmers' loan. (ANI)